Man thought dead after being found in New Mexico desert is alive, Doña Ana Sheriff says

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect an update from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office that the a man found in the desert is not dead.

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart tells KTSM 9 News they are investigating a case where a man was found in an area known as “the quarry” off I-10 west of Mesquite, New Mexico.

The man was found Sunday around 10 a.m. by a passerby and called authorities who discovered the man was still alive. He was airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso. Authorities describe the man as in his early 30’s with visible injuries to his legs and head.

Authorities said the man had died from his injuries but later retracted saying he is alive.

“We are updating a previous report that the male subject fond injured in the desert in South County had succumbed to his injuries,” Sheriff Kim Stewart said. “We were notified today that he did, in fact, survive his injuries an is now in stable condition. He has been identified at 33-year-old, Joseph Gonzalez, a Las Cruces resident. We will release more information as it becomes available.”

The victim was located in an area known as “the quarry,” not far from where 34-year-old Caroline Cherry’s body was discovered on October 15, 2021. Cherry was last seen crossing into the U.S. at the Paso Del Norte Bridge in Downtown El Paso on October 8. The pictures show Cherry in workout clothes carrying two bags as she makes her way through customs.

Anyone with any information on Cherry’s case should contact Bo Nevarez at robertn@donaanacounty.org.

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